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In a South African cave, really old masters used tools for making reddish/yellow paint 100,000 years ago… 40,000 years earlier than previous finds.

Ochre, some bone-marrow fat and a splash of urine… This is what may have happened some 100,000 years ago, in the oldest known “artist’s workshop” in the Blombos cave on South Africa’s southern coast. The earliest unambiguous art was made around 35,000 years ago, in the Chauvet caves in south/east of France and the earliest evidence of ochre pigment production dates from 60,000 years ago.

The new Blombos find shows that early humans were capable both of organised activity and of creatively making and using pigments much earlier than we knew before.

Source: Science (Magazine)

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